Thursday, 1 February 2018

Recipe 1: Vanilla Pound Cake with Yogurt

Pound cake is a dense yet a soft cake as compared to the regular cakes.

It has a slight tang or sourness from the curd/yogurt which counteracts beautifully with the sweet vanilla flavour.

Using a high quality cake essence/flavour is very essential especially when you are not using the real vanilla bean pods which are expensive and not widely available. Therefore, to mimic the original taste and flavour, you need the best substitutes in your kitchen. Only with good quality ingredients you can elevate from an average cake to a delicious and tasty cake.

The addition of suji/semolina in my Vanilla Pound Cake with Yogurt makes the cake healthier as it cuts the amount of flour.

With or without semolina, this recipe of vanilla pound cake is superb. It is perfect cake to accompany a cup of tea or coffee.

For every festive occasion like birthday or anniversary I like to bake my cakes in interesting shape cake tins. Over the years, looking at my passion for baking cakes, pies and bread I have a huge collection of baking utensils. For this recipe I chose to go with a trusted one by Rolex Cake Mould Set of 3 which has a non-stick metal structure.

Bake and enjoy!


  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1/2 cup semolina/suji
  3. 1 cup sugar powder
  4. 1/2 cup flavourless vegetable oil or 1 cup unsalted butter
  5. 1/2 cup sour yogurt
  6. 1/4 tsp. vanilla essence (click to buy Ossoro Madagascar Vanilla Essence)
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. 2 eggs


In a bowl, mix oil, yogurt, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence together.
In a separate bowl, sieve flour and baking powder to make it clump free.
Combine the wet ingredients with flour mixture and semolina.
Lightly fold the cake batter and pour it in a greased and floured cake tin.
(Optional step) I added a few Urban Platter Slivered California Almonds to the wet batter on top just before baking for a crunchy topping.
Bake your cake batter in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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